David Chipperfield has won planning permission to redevelop Portland House close to Victoria Station in London
Chipperfield’s plan will overhaul of the 101m skyscraper, built in 1963 close to Buckingham Palace, and described as ‘a blot and an eyesore’ by Councillor Alastair Moss, chairman of planning at Westminster City Council, to create 206 apartments.
As well as housing almost 1,000 people, the development plans include 63 new affordable homes off site, 294 cycling spaces and 150 car parking spaces for residents, shops and £500,000 worth of new public art commissions.
There will also be a canopy at the base of the building, described by Westminster City Council as being ‘similar to Kings Cross Station but with a huge hole in the middle for a large tree’.
Councillor Moss said the plans were ‘a vast improvement’ which will ‘further enhance the area around Cardinal Place and Victoria Station.’